About This Episode: John Kelly: Ultrarunner & Barkley Marathons Finisher with a Triathlon Habit – EJP 93

John Kelly is an ultrarunner with a triathlon habit. In April 2017, John became only the 15th person in history to finish the infamous Barkley Marathons in a time of 59h30m33s – only 30 minutes before the 60-hour race cut-off. 6 months later, John finished 61st overall at the Ironman World Championships in Kona, including a marathon run split of 3h00m42s. John gets a tremendous amount of joy, strength, and perspective out of both ultrarunning and triathlon. He has encountered many of his limits, both physical and mental, and then discovered that he could push them further than he ever thought possible. You can follow John on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

In this interview we talk about:

– John’s sporting background
– His obsession with the Barkley Marathons
– How he recovered from a 60hr race
– His road to Kona 2018
– Triathlon and ultrarunning goals for 2018 and beyond


Team Everyman Jack, Hammer Nutrition, Ultimate Direction, La Sportiva

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